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Julius Caesar (1953)

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed this exquisite version of William Shakespeare's play. Louis Calhern is Julius Caesar, whose conquests have enabled him to rise to the status of Roman dictator. But his ascent to almost God-like status has given pause to influential members of the Roman Senate. Chief among them is Cassius (John Gielgud), who is troubled by Caesar's popularity and dictatorial status. Convinced that Caesar's assassination would be the best thing for Rome, he conspires with Casca (Edmond O'Brien) and the influential Brutus (James Mason) to plot Caesar's murder. Despite dark omens, Caesar walks confidently into the Roman Senate, where he is stabbed to death by the conspirators. His companion Marc Antony (Marlon Brando) is shocked and runs to the corpse of his beloved friend. He agrees to support Brutus while an unruly mob gathers in front of the Senate doors, having heard rumors of Caesar's assassination. Brutus convinces the mob that Caesar's death was for the good of Rome, preventing him from forming a monarchy. Then Antony appears, determined to destroy the conspirators; he delivers a speech that subtly damns the assassins. With the mob against them, the conspirators are forced to flee Rome and Antony organizes an army against them. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, William Shakespeare
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2006
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

Cast

Marlon Brando
as Marc Antony
John Gielgud
as Cassius
Louis Calhern
as Julius Caesar
Greer Garson
as Calpurnia
Michael Pate
as Flavius
Richard Hale
as Soothsayer
John Parrish
as Titinius
John Hardy
as Lucius
John Hoyt
as Decius Brutus
Tom Powers
as Metellus Cimber
Jack Raine
as Trebonius
Ian Wolfe
as Ligarius
Lumsden Hare
as Publius
Morgan Farley
as Artemidorus
Victor Perry
as Popilius Lena
Douglass Watson
as Octavius Caesar
Rhys Williams
as Lucilius
Steve Roberts
as Dardanius
O.Z. Whitehead
as Cinna the Poet
John Doucette
as Carpenter
Chet Stratton
as Servant to Caesar
William Phipps
as Servant to Antony
Michael Tolan
as Officer to Octavius
Paul Guilfoyle
as Citizen of Rome
Lawrence Dobkin
as Citizen of Rome
David Bond
as Citizen of Rome
Jo Gilbert
as Citizen of Rome
Ann Tyrrell
as Citizen of Rome
John O'Malley
as Citizen of Rome
Oliver Blake
as Citizen of Rome
Alvin Hurwitz
as Citizen of Rome
Donald Elson
as Citizen of Rome
Ned Glass
as Cobbler
Stephen Roberts
as Dardanius
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Critic Reviews for Julius Caesar

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

Over Caesar's corpse Brando begins to mix grief, rage, cunning, and ferocity; his reading of the funeral oration is so quakingly angry you understand why it would rouse the rabble.

Full Review… | January 18, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

The best Shakespeare that Hollywood has yet produced.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
TIME Magazine
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A tense, melodramatic story, clearly presented, and excellently acted by one of the finest casts assembled for a film.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
Variety
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Unimaginative but intelligent.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A remarkably successful stab at Shakespeare.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A stirring and memorable film.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Julius Caesar

½

The best treatment of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, by far. Hats off to Ms. Kerr for her riveting portrayal. John's Gielgud's "Et Tu Brute?!" was the finest of the many versions out there.

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

A good production of Caesar, the cast does a good job. It could have been more exciting or interesting, but for a presentation of a classic like this it's good.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]This version of "Julius Caesar" is a dynamic take on the William Shakespeare play about politics with a great American/English cast. So great in fact that Greer Garson and Deborah Kerr are relegated to bit parts and Edmond O'Brien, no matter how much I like him, is slightly out of place in ancient Rome. If there is a problem with this production, it is that Marlon Brando botches the big "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech by bellowing it from the start. I know Mark Antony is angry at the death of his friend, Julius Caesar(Louis Calhern), but Brando should have let the speech build to a crescendo when the crowd takes over. And even though Brando may be the big star here, this is is not his movie. Not by a long shot. Instead it belongs to James Mason, giving a magisterial performance as noble Brutus who is naive enough to think that joining the conspiracy would make Rome freer, instead of in reality making it something much worse.(Louis Calhern playing Caesar as a noble statesman alone deflates much of the conspirators' rhetoric about him being a tyrant.) Brutus has the ear of Caesar, so there should have been no reason for him to resort to political violence which never ends well.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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